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Soldier loses a finger during exercise (Updated)

A special forces non-commissioned officer had a finger severed on Wednesday during an exercise with motorised parachutes in the area of Mari on the south coast.

Police said the incident involving the 36-year-old staff sergeant happened at around 8.20am.

Reports said the soldier landed hard causing the propeller to hit his right hand and cut off his finger.

The sergeant was rushed to a private clinic in Limassol.

In a statement issued later on Wednesday, the defence ministry said the staff sergeant had undergone surgery, which was successful.

“After the accident, he was immediately rushed to a Limassol clinic where he underwent surgery to restore the injury; it was successfully completed in the afternoon,” the ministry said.

Military authorities have ordered an investigation into the causes of the incident.

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